Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.
We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France.
Yes, about ten minutes.
I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but by God, they frighten me.
Being born in a stable does not make one a horse.
An extraordinary affair. I gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them.
All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don't know by what you do; that's what I called 'guess what was at the other side of the hill'.
The British soldiers are fellows who have all enlisted for drink. That is the plain fact - they have all enlisted for drink.
I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life.
If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.
To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound
Always make water when you can.
During the Peninsula War, I heard a Portuguese general address his troops before a battle with the words, "Remember men, you are Portuguese!
Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.
When my journal appears, many statues must come down.
Educate men without religion and you make them clever devils.
Our army is composed of the scum of the earth - the mere scum of the earth.
The hardest thing of all for a soldier is to retreat.
Hard pounding, gentlemen. Let's see who pounds the longest.
Always get over heavy ground as lightly as you can.
When other Generals make mistakes their armies are beaten; when I get into a hole, my men pull me out of it.
The only thing I am afraid of is fear.
There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory--except a great defeat.
Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
You must build your House of Parliament on the river: so... that the populace cannot exact their demands by sitting down round you.
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